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Heartworm in Dogs: What You Should Know About the Mosquito-Borne Parasite

Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is transmitted only by mosquitos, which pick up larval heartworms, called microfilaria, circulating in the bloodstream of infected animals. Dogs and other canids, such as fox, wolves, and coyote, are considered the primary heartworm hosts, but these parasites can also affect other mammals, including cats and ferrets. There are treatments available for dogs, but prevention is the wisest approach to dealing with heartworms. What Is Heartworm Disea

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Carsickness in Dogs: Causes & Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness

What Causes Carsickness in Dogs? There is usually one of two reasons for dogs to get carsick: physical or psychological. And sometimes the latter can cause the former. Just like in humans, motion sickness in dogs is related to the sense of balance. It’s most often seen in puppies, just as it’s most often seen in young children. That’s because the structures in the inner ear used for balance aren’t fully developed yet. Of course, also like humans, some dogs never outgrow the nausea and vomiting

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How to Plan for Your Dog’s Care When You Leave Town

As lockdowns lift and summer approaches, travel plans are brewing for many dog owners. If you’re taking your dog away with you, check out our recent guide to airline pet policies. But if the pup needs to stay home, you’re left with a different set of questions: where should you leave her, and with whom? How can you make sure that he’s well cared for in your absence? And what about dogs with separation anxiety? Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for your dog’s care when you leave

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The African wild dog: An ambassador for the world's largest terrestrial conservation area

The world's largest terrestrial conservation area is located in southern Africa and covers 520,000 square kilometers spanning five countries. A study now shows that the endangered African wild dog mostly remains within the boundaries of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) when dispersing, thus highlighting the relevance of such a large-scale conservation initiative for maintaining key wildlife corridors of threatened species.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plan

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How Hot is Too Hot? Heatstroke in Dogs

Dogs are notoriously bad at dissipating body heat. Watch for early signs of heatstroke (also known as hyperthermia) in your dog to avoid serious outcomes. What Is Heatstroke? When a dog’s internal body temperature goes above a normal temperature of 101.5 Fahrenheit (F), this is a fever and is called hyperthermia. When the body temperature is above 105F, the dog may be suffering from heatstroke. Dogs have only a couple of ways to cool off: blood vessel expansion and panting. When dogs pant, th

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Do Dogs Have Maternal Instincts? How Dogs Encourage Independence in Puppies

Canine mothers are the first sign of love and protection for newborn puppies. For the first three weeks after the puppies are born, the mother dog gives them her undivided attention and care. “What you’ll see on day one is a mother who doesn’t want to be away from her pups for more than a second,” says Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, Staff Doctor at NYC’s Animal Medical Center. Puppies Completely Depend on Their Mother Because they are born unable to see, hear, or walk, puppies are completely dependent on

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How to Improve Your Senior Dog’s Quality of Life

As our dogs’ muzzles start to gray and we begin to see signs of them slowing down, it’s tough not to worry about how you are both going to cope with their older years. It’s important not to bury your head in the sand, though, and remember that senior dogs can still have a wonderful quality of life for many years to come. There are also lots of ways owners can promote movement, health, cognitive function, and comfort. The Difference Between a Senior and a Geriatric Dog The senior label varies

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Dogs' aggressive behavior towards humans is often caused by fear

A study encompassing some 9,000 dogs demonstrated that fearfulness, age, breed, the company of other members of the same species and the owner's previous experience of dogs were associated with aggressive behavior towards humans. The findings can potentially provide tools for understanding and preventing aggressive behavior.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/L1mE5s1yoW4 View the source article

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Steps to Prevent Pregnancy Problems in Bitches

Experienced breeders understand the importance of ensuring that a bitch is a good candidate for breeding. No pregnancy is the same, thus the importance of evaluating a bitch’s physical and nutritional status prior to breeding. It also helps to partner with a veterinarian to guide you through all facets of breeding, pregnancy, and delivery. Veterinarians who specialize in reproduction, neonatology, and genetic diseases are known as theriogenologists. At Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary M

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Can You Use Human Shampoo on Dogs?

With so many dog products on the market, you may wonder what’s essential and what you can do without. For example, do dogs really need their very own dog shampoo? Why can’t you just use human shampoo on your dog? The short answer is, don’t. Learn the reasons why dogs should have their own shampoo. Acidity and Alkalinity: The pH Balance Dog skin and human skin have very different pH balances. The skin has a thin layer called the acid mantle, which protects the topmost layer of the skin, the str

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Home Cleaning Guide for Pet Owners

This year, while you’re airing bedding, flinging open the windows, mopping the floors, and dusting everything in sight, don’t forget to include your dog’s living space too. It’s important to take a yearly audit of your pet’s supplies and sanitize any items such as toys that may be used often. Make your annual cleaning ritual pup-friendly by adding these dog-specific tasks to your checklist. Remember to always use pet-safe cleaning products! Pick Up Your Yard If you live in a colder climate, y

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​12 Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Groomer

When we think of caring for our dogs’ health, our thoughts might turn instinctively toward healthy foods, exercise, and vet visits, but grooming is just as important to your dog’s well-being. Does Every Dog Need a Groomer? All dogs need grooming, whether they needed a full-blown bath and trim on a regular basis or need their nails trimmed. Although some dog owners prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, but he or she also offers services that

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Metronidazole for Dogs

Dog owners today are armed with more tools for keeping their dogs healthy and fit than ever before. Modern medicine has radically improved how well, and how long, our companion animals live. For both humans and dogs, antibiotics continue to be a potent ally in the fight against disease and infection. What Is Metronidazole? Metronidazole (also known by the brand names Flagyl, Metizol, Protostat, Metrogel) is a strong antibiotic primarily used as an antidiarrheal to treat inflammation of the lar

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Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

The number of cases of marijuana intoxication in dogs has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fortunately, it’s rarely fatal, but it can bring about some worrying symptoms, and you should always seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog has ingested this drug. Why Has There Been Such a Drastic Rise in Reported Cases? In 1996, California became the first state to legalize cannabis use for medicinal purposes. Marijuana is now only prohibited in a few states, and an increasing number also

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Puppies: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

When you’re raising a puppy, there can be a parade of behavioral issues that march through his—and your—life. Separation anxiety (SA) can be one of them. Understanding and recognizing SA will prepare you to do all you can to prevent the condition as well as to address it at the first signs. According to the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, although older dogs can develop SA, it usually affects young dogs. So, don’t dismiss this as something to worry about later, prevent puppy separation anxiety bef

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A gene finding links severe canine juvenile epilepsy to mitochondrial dysfunction

Researchers found a cause for severe epilepsy resulting in death in Parson Russell Terrier puppies at a few months of age. A change in the PITRM1 gene can lead to a dysfunction of mitochondria, the cellular energy pumps. Concurrently, amyloid-beta accumulation and widespread neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease were identified in the puppies' brains. Changes to the PITRM1 gene in humans also cause a severe but slowly progressing brain disease.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/scien

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AKC Pupdate Is the Go-To Puppy Resource You’ve Been Looking For

The day is finally here. It’s time to pick up your carefully chosen puppy. You are all ready to welcome this four-legged bundle of joy to your family… Or are you? Do you have all the puppy supplies you’ll need? Have you puppy-proofed your home? Picked out a veterinarian? If you haven’t covered all your puppy bases, or even if you (think) you have, we’ve got just the thing for you as a new puppy owner: AKC Pupdate presented by Purina® Pro Plan®. Whether this is your first puppy, it’s been a wh

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Raising Newborn Puppies

Once the anticipation and waiting are over, and your pregnant dog has successfully delivered her new litter of puppies into the world, it is time to roll up your sleeves and dig into the business of caring for your newborn puppies. This care starts even before the puppies are born, but the moment they are, it (of course) continues. After you have taken care of helping the mother clean up the puppies and have ensured that all puppies are breathing, you must help your bitch turn to the important

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